Missouri EMS Launches Anti-Heroin Campaign


The St. Charles County Ambulance District is teaming up with other first responders in a newly launched anti-heroin campaign. Part of the campaign features an 8-minute-long video that shows a re-enactment of a heroin overdose call.

According to Kyle Gaines with the St. Charles County Ambulance District, the video was produced to give originally students but the public at large a look at the eyes of our paramedics at what they see when they go on an overdose call.

The video also includes a real 911 call placed by a St. Charles County mother when she finds her 21-year-old son unconscious, overdosing on Heroin.

In 2016, the St. Charles County Ambulance District responded to nearly 420 heroin overdose calls.  The number of deaths increased from 22 in 2008, to 53 in 2015.

The video is one step down the path to ending heroin overdose.  Gaines says it will take entire communities to walk the remaining steps together to end the dangerously increasing trend.

According to the CDC, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) quadrupled. From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses.

91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.